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Hall of Famer Deacon Jones passes away at 74

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04:05 AM ET 06.04 | The NFL lost a true legend of the game Monday evening when Hall of Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones passed away from natural causes at age 74. Washington Redskins general manager and former colleague of Jones announced the news to the team, who then passed along word via the Redskins official Twitter account. Jones had an illustrious career with the Los Angeles Rams as a member of the Fearsome Foursome where he played a total of 10 seasons with the team. He etched his name into football lore with his style of play, which is one that many still consider to this day to be the most dominant style ever seen in the history of the game. When Ndamukong Suh was getting heat for his aggressive style of play, many people cited Deacon Jones and his trademark helmet slap as an example of something Suh might do if the game hadn't changed so much between the days in which Deacon Jones played and the age we are in today.

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June 4, 2013  02:49 PM ET

Rest in Peace, Deacon. Nothing more that I can say.

June 4, 2013  02:54 PM ET

RIP Deacon!

June 4, 2013  03:02 PM ET

Icon. RIP

June 4, 2013  03:15 PM ET

RIP Secretary of Defense. Without you, the sack wouldn't be known as the sack and the head slap wouldn't be outlawed.

June 4, 2013  03:22 PM ET

RIP

June 4, 2013  03:43 PM ET

RIP..
And don't compare Suh to the great Deacon Jones.. Jones played the game with respect and didn't stomp on opposing players when they were defenseless on the ground

June 4, 2013  03:46 PM ET

R.I.P.

June 4, 2013  04:01 PM ET

Um ... this story is more than 12 hours old ... FN is running it just now???!!!

June 4, 2013  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

RIP.. And don't compare Suh to the great Deacon Jones.. Jones played the game with respect and didn't stomp on opposing players when they were defenseless on the ground

Jones just head slapped opposing players instead.

June 4, 2013  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Um ... this story is more than 12 hours old ... FN is running it just now???!!!

Are you really surprised by this?

June 4, 2013  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you really surprised by this?

No doubt. We just read here yesterday that the Ravens beat the 49'ers in the Super Bowl. Go figure!

June 4, 2013  04:14 PM ET

I lived in Los angeles when I was a younger and seen Deacon play many times. There wasn't many (if any) DE's that were better!!!! I remember the "head Slap" that he invented!!!!

June 4, 2013  04:15 PM ET

Mr. Jones was not only a great football player but a very out standing person.

June 4, 2013  04:19 PM ET

RIP Mr Jones.

June 4, 2013  04:41 PM ET

Deacon Jones on Deacon Jones..."I wouldn't want to be a lawyer, I wouldn???t want to be a doctor, I wouldn???t want to be the president of the United States. I was destined ??? just like Ray Charles was born to sing the blues ??? Deacon was born to rush quarterbacks."

June 4, 2013  04:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you really surprised by this?

No, just appalled as usual.

June 4, 2013  04:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No doubt. We just read here yesterday that the Ravens beat the 49'ers in the Super Bowl. Go figure!

I can beat that. Two days ago a story was posted about Dewey defeating Truman.

June 4, 2013  04:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

" ... Deacon was born to rush quarterbacks."

INTERVIEWER TO JONES: Mr. Jones, what's the rush?

June 4, 2013  04:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I lived in Los angeles when I was a younger and seen Deacon play many times. There wasn't many (if any) DE's that were better!!!! I remember the "head Slap" that he invented!!!!

None were better. Period.

 
June 4, 2013  06:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Um ... this story is more than 12 hours old ... FN is running it just now???!!!

This story was allegedly posted at 4:05 AM ET. The Collie story was posted at 6:59 AM ET and this thread wasn't here proving whichever intern posted it doesn't know the difference between AM and PM.

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